There is no denying that Celtic have not been as good this season as they were the last time around. The Hoops do seem to have taken a step back since Brendan Rodgers replaced Ange Postecoglou as manager of the club. While many players have struggled to match their previous form, there are some others who have actually improved since the arrival of the Northern Irishman.
The name on top of that list is that of Matt O'Riley, who has been Celtic's best player this season without a doubt. But he is closely followed by Liam Scales.
In the case of O'Riley, he was a regular in the Celtic team since his arrival in early 2022. The same cannot be said about Scales.
He made sporadic appearances in his debut season with the club. Then, he spent the previous campaign out on loan at Aberdeen and was widely expected to leave permanently this summer. But a series of injuries at centre-back meant that that did not happen and fortunately so for Celtic.
Celtic confirmed to be in contract talks with player
Scales has been Celtic's best defender this season, with Cameron Carter-Vickers struggling with fitness issues. And it looks like the Republic of Ireland international is in line for a contract extension soon.
As reported by The Irish Sun, Rodgers said while talking about the situation of Scales:
"I believe the club is in talks with Liam’s agent and he’s really happy because he’s playing.
"I’m sure that will get sorted out in due course. It’s been an amazing story for him."
Handing Scales a long-term extension will most certainly be the right decision for Celtic. The versatile defender has earned it with his performances this season.
He started it near the bottom of the centre-back pecking order. But when a chance did arrive at his doorstep, he did not let it slip. He has been a nailed-on starter ever since and has proven himself at every level. There has been talk of Celtic potentially signing a centre-back in January but Scales should not be worried at all.